The sweet dumplings are made of egg yolk, flour, sugar, salt, vanilla, and milk mixed into a thin dough. Then you put in stiff egg white and some raisins. You form three dumplings and put them in a form and bake it at low heat. The dessert is always freshly prepeared and is served warm with powder sugar on it. The dusting of powdered sugar is said to represent the snow-covered peaks of the Gaisberg, Moenchsberg and Nonnberg.
In the operetta "Saison in Salzburg" (Season in Salzburg) by Fred Raymond the dessert is praised in a song as "“Suess wie die Liebe und zart wie ein Kuss” (meaning Sweet as love and tender as a kiss in German). A legend says that they were invented by Salome Alt the concubine of Salzburg′s Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau in the early 17th century.